The consultancy network “SFteam for Sustainable Future”

promotes the use of structural funds for sustainable development of the regions in the Central and Eastern Europe.Joining the European Union should bring the people in the new EU member states prosperity. One of the main instruments is the Cohesion Policy and the Structural Funds. These funds became available for our countries since accession in 2004 and 2007.

But will they bring us indeed prosperity, real development? In other words: will the funds be used in a sustainable way, in the interest of the wide public? The NGO network “SFteam for Sustainable Future” promotes the ecologically sound use of funds for sustainable development of the regions.

The members of the network are experienced, professional non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from the Czech republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovak, Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania and the Netherlands.Our partners are non-governmental organizations, the local, rural and regional municipalities, local councils, political parties, regional development agencies, the business community, the public, ministries, national governments.

Sfteam in this year realize project Partnership for sustainability in EU funds in CEE supported by International Visegrad Fund. Project information project You can find here.
Short information about SFteam You can download here.


By Veni Markovski, Bluelink IN, 9.6.08.
Bulgarian NGO asks the worldwide Internet community to bring their top priorities during the coming IGF meeting. Click on the article head to read more!

Source: National Society of Conservationists / Friends of the Earth Hungary. The relation of economy, society and environment is still often misunderstood or misinterpreted. The current development strategies aim at growing GDP and a strong economy to solve social problems. But how can the economy grow, if not from natural resources?! We have to see that the real purpose of development programs is social welfare and a good quality of life. The economy, competitiveness, jobs, investments and subsidies are tools, and the availability of natural resources is a precondition. More in the publication – download here

Source: Friends of the Earth-CEPA, Slovakia Coordination of Structural Assistance On Regional Level – information leaflet. Download here

Source: CCO, Czech Republic. The international conference TEPA, 1.-2.7.2008, is organised as the final event of the Visegrad-Slovenian-Swedish Initiative in Training for European Partnership Animators. It aims training and networking of local partnership animators. Read more

Source: Millieukontakt Int., Netherlands. Our aim is to enable Croatian regions to develop in accordance with their recognized needs and EU standards and to prepare for effective use of Croatian as well as EU funds (in the framework of EU accession, such as SAPARD and Structural Funds). Read more

Source: BlueLink Information Network, Bulgaria.

Information and communication technologies (ICT) have potencial for implementing environmental sustainability and justice is not fully utilized. ICTs can contribute to more inclusive participation in public policy processes, including ones that can lead to policy and regulatory decisions that promote environmental sustainability. However ICT applications to enable Access to Justice are so far very limited. Click on the article head to read more!

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